|On the way down|
Our "Jello Plans" were to just stay only a few days in New Braunfels, before idling on down somewhere on a beach along the Gulf of Mexico, or possibly going out west to Arizona for a month. I think some time back I mentioned that we have reserved space in Bentson RV Resort for a full year, but were unable to take our preferred site until March 15th, so we need to put in time until then. Now that we are here, we went with Hettie to have a chest X-Ray. Results indicated a mass in the bottom of her right lung, and needed further tests to diagnose. We decided to sit tight until some results were available. She had multiple doctor appointments, a PET Scan, and finally a needle biopy was performed. Sounded at the outset to be a pretty simple procedure, but Denice and I went with her the morning of the op, and once the nurse started explaining the risks involved, it didn't sound so simple any more. there was a 30 to 50 percent chance of a lung collapse, and then a tube would have to be attached to the lung that a small compressor-like machine would behooked up to re-inflate the effected lung. That could be for a day, or a week, or longer. However the procedure went off without a hitch. Now a few more days to get the results of the biopsy. Tension was a little high for those days, and the most relaxed was Hettie! She was always a heavy smoker until about 7 years ago when she had throat cancer and had to have a laryngectomy. Anyway she has a hole in her throat to talk and breath through, so a cancer possibility is not new to her. This last Monday ( Jan 22nd) She, Son Loren, and Denice went to receive the results. News was not good, but could have been much worse. The mass is cancerious, but is small cell cancer that can, and will be treated with kemo and radiation, and was not the same kind that she had with her throat cancer. If it had been "non small cell" cancer, an operation may have been required to remove the bottom lobe of the effected lung. Until this time we had no idea about small cell and non small cell cancer, but it is worth your while to Google that. Explains a lot! Hettie will now undergo 4 weeks of kemo and radiation. Hopefully that will be a cure. We then decide we will move down to the Gulf rather than Arizona to be closer if she need support, as we will only be about 3 hours away.
|a Cardinal at our feeders|
|Titmouse, also at our feeders|
|Sunset over the swimming pool|
|An occasional visitor|
|My ladies at the feed booth|
|My completed table for between the chairs|
|Another view of same table|
We reserved for a month at Bayview RV Park in Rockport/Fulton. Wednesday morning we wrapped everything. Put away bird feeders and every thing else that we had out. Every thing completed by about 10:30AM. Loren had come over at 7:00 in the morning to say his good byes, and the Hettie stopped by at 9:00 on her way to another doctor appointment. A lot of hugs this morning. We have had a great couple of weeks visiting, and were very glad to be there to support Hettie in her time of need while having the medical procedures required.
We hooked up TOAD and went through the checklist twice to make sure we had not missed anything, as it has been a couple months since we had moved, so needed a little thought about all the items that needed to be covered. On the raod by 11:00AM. Stopped for gas in New Braunfels at Buc-EE'S, a new huge service center with over 50 pumps, maybe more as we were at pump #50. The trip to Rockport is quite short, down secondary highways, so we arrived by 2:00PM. Checked in and went to find our spot. Backed in and settled in. We weren't there more than an hour until one of our neighbors was over and invited us to a "block Party" on our local road. There is about 10 units along our road now named Jaxsen Heights, in honor of a very cute little girl of 18 months old. She is the only child here., The rest of us are Old Timers. Anyway we gladly accepted the invitation, so at 5:00PM went down to unit 230 to Theresa and Dicks place for a seafood dinner. They had purchased a gunny sack of osters at the beach, and were bar-b-queing them, of course after shucking them. Then the added cheese and other toppings to them and we had a delicious meal. There were also shrimp, salads, slaw, fruit, cake, hush puppies, and more. We felt as if we should have taken something, but were unprepared as we had just got here. But every body was so friendly, and the said they were just happy that we attended. We only took our chairs and what we wanted to drink. We were all in the same boat as nobody really knew hot to do Oysters, so there was a little experimenting to figure the best way to cook them, and a learning experience to shuck them. Now in a gunny sack there is about 100 lbs and over 300 individual oysters, so we had a lot to learn on.Now, I am not a real oyster fan, other than smoked ones from a can, but I must admit these were very good. Bye the end of the evening everyone was full of oysters. Activity of the next day was to go to HEB for a few groceries. A few I mean is 100 dollars worth, seems never less that 100 dollars. Once home with them and a jug of ant killer, we have some of them, we stored the groceries. Wern't home more than an hour and our neighbor was back saying we had to have another block party as there still was a half bag of unshucked oysters to consume. So we were going to go over at 4:30, but about at that time I decided I should add another year and another 800 minutes. We had bought what I thought was to appropriate card for 1 year and 400 double your minutes card. I tried to add minutes on my tracphone, but it would not accept the pin number. Better call their 1-800 number. I did and the gal could not add the pin either. Referred to a supervisor. You guessed it: India!! He asks a bunch of questions, and then tells me i did not need this card that I paid 125 dollars for. When I originally bought the phone and first card it was for double your minutes for life. How was I to know?? Small writing, right!! Anyway after burning my minutes to India for 15 minutes he finally gave me a year and 900 minutes. By now the block party was in full swing, and by the time we got there we were just in time to be the help. Denice went to cooking fries and shrimp. I was oyster shucker. Never done that before ,but I persevered. So I learned a new experience. There were lots and lots of all the food and soon everybody was filled to the gills with all that delicious food. Some cooked oysters still remained at the close of the evening. There was some indication of having to have a 3rd block party the next night.